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RiderCoach Preparation Course

If you are an experienced motorcycle rider currently licensed in California with an M1 endorsement, have a very good driving record and good basic riding skills, you may qualify to become an MSF-certified CMSP RiderCoach. If you qualify, you will need to complete an intensive RiderCoach Preparation course in order to teach.

During the RiderCoach Preparation (RCP) course you'll learn the fundamentals of teaching the MSF's Basic RiderCourse (BRC).

In California RiderCoaches are employed by the training sites. Before contacting MSF to enroll in a RiderCoach Preparation course you should contact the CMSP sites in your area to see if they are looking for RiderCoaches, just like applying for any other job. You need to be sponsored into a RiderCoach Preparation course by a CMSP-recognized training site in order to be considered.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who teaches the RiderCoach Preparation course?

MSF-certified RiderCoach Trainers teach the course. These specially trained individuals have completed the MSF's RiderCoach Trainer Preparation Course and are authorized to train candidates for MSF RiderCoach certification.

What qualifications do I need to enroll?

You must be sponsored by a CMSP training site and have them submit your application to MSF. You must be a licensed motorcyclist who currently rides on a frequent, routine basis. You should have several years of varied riding experience. As a teacher, you need good communication skills. As a RiderCoach, you'll be called upon to give your time to help teach RiderCourses. Although you may get paid, you won't become rich. A sincere desire to help reduce motorcycle accidents, injuries, and deaths is the prime motivator of RiderCoaches.

What does the course cover and what are the completion requirements?

The RCP is a minimum of 60 hours. Course schedules will vary; you should plan on 7 to 10 days of focused training. CMSP RiderCoach Preps are usually conducted over three weekends: Friday night, all day Saturday and all day Sunday each weekend.

As a part of the course, you'll be required to pass a riding-skill test. It is the same test used in the BRC; however, the standards are higher for RiderCoach candidates.

During the RCP, you'll learn how to teach the BRC curriculum. You'll practice teaching in the classroom and learn how to manage the range exercises and how to evaluate and coach students as they develop their riding skills.

At the end of the training portion of the course, you'll be given a knowledge test. You must pass it to continue in the program.

The RCP culminates when you and your classmates teach a complete BRC to a group of new riders. Your teaching performance will be evaluated by the RiderCoach Trainer.

What is the course schedule?

It depends. There is a 7 consecutive day schedule, a 60 hours schedule, and a three-weekend schedule. CMSP RiderCoach Preps are usually conducted on the three-weekend schedule: Friday night, all day Saturday and all day Sunday each weekend.

When is the RCP course offered?

Typically a course is offered when there is a need for RiderCoaches in a particular area. Generally, courses are offered once every few months and could be located anywhere in the United States.

What does the course cost?

CMSP charges $300.00 to enroll in a RiderCoach Prep Workshop. This fee is non-refundable once the RCP begins. Applicants are responsible for their own traveling expenses.

Be prepared!

  • If you enroll in a course, be prepared to ride! Every day! Required riding gear includes a DOT-approved helmet; over-the-ankle, sturdy leather footwear; long pants; long-sleeved shirt or jacket; and full-fingered gloves (preferably leather).
  • Be prepared to set aside time during off-class hours to study. This is an intensive program that requires a lot of work and concentration. Do not enroll unless you can attend every class meeting.
  • CMSP requires you complete a Basic RiderCourse prior to the RiderCoach Preparation (RCP) course.

Ready to enroll?

Download the MSF-Certified RiderCoach Candidate (RCC) Application:

MSF-Certified RiderCoach Candidate (RCC) Application (pdf)